Particularly now during a pandemic, when many of us are forced to work from home and taken out of our regular schedules, it can be easy to fall into a pit of procrastination and putting things off till tomorrow. Feel like you could be doing more with your day, and want to become a little bit more productive? Here are five different steps that you might want to take.
Plan out your days
Outlining and sticking to a daily list of tasks, no matter how small or menial, will help you to feel better about what you’ve achieved at the end of each day, and stop you from falling into the same old trap of doing absolutely nothing (or very little, at least). Plan the week out in advance, or even each day, and you’ll soon get into a habit that you feel better about.
Remember, don’t set yourself an abundance of separate goals that you know you’re not going to be able to achieve in a short space of time. It might feel like you’ve got a lot to do, but if you try to tackle everything at once, then you’ll get burnt out faster and be more likely to quit as a result.
Use your phone productively
Mobile phones are incredible, versatile tools that can be used extremely productively in the right circumstances. However, more often than not, we find ourselves spending too much time on social media, or wasting time on games when we could be achieving something more beneficial. Try switching out games for apps like Duolingo and learn a transferrable skill while gaming, or use social media productively with platforms like Daisie and LinkedIn to reach out to like-minded collaborators. If you don’t have the time to sit down and read every now and again, then consider getting an audiobook service such as Audible, so you can listen to stories on the go, or while doing other things.
Tip – Struggling to cut down on the amount of time that you spend in front of your phone, and social media in general? Consider temporarily deactivating your accounts, and taking a break for a while. If you rely on social media to stay in touch with the friends and family around you, then take a look at apps like OFFTIME, which limit the time you can spend within certain apps and stops you from receiving distracting notifications when you should be working.
Make an additional source of income
Got a hobby or passion (such as writing, editing or graphic design, for example) that you think you might be able to monetise? Completing extra work using platforms like Fiverr and UpWork has never been easier, and you’ll be able to build up a portfolio on the side, too. If you’re already doing stuff like this for fun and because you enjoy it, then you might as well make some money in the process!
Save and invest your money
If you’ve got a little bit of money that you’re unsure of what to do with, get ahead of the curve and start saving it for your future. You might even decide that you want to put some of the money that you have back to work for you, investing it into a long-term strategy that can form the backbone of your entrepreneurial portfolio for the future.
Tip – Don’t know anything about investment, and unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, providing you look in the right places and ensure that all the information you’re consuming is accurate, there are a ton of guides out there online that might be able to help. For example, property investment company RWinvest offer guides to the UK property market on their website that accommodate beginners and experienced entrepreneurs/investors.
Take a break!
If you feel like you’re already in a perpetual state of breaktime, then having some time to yourself might seem at the bottom of your list of priorities, but it’s important to make sure that you don’t overwork yourself, or get over-stressed. Sure, work hard, but take regular breaks, and you’ll find that you can get things done even better when you return refreshed and recharged. We hope some of these random tips have helped or given you some inspiration, and good luck out there in being the most productive version of yourself you can be!